Baggage Shipping to Thailand
With great food and a tropical climate, Thailand is a magnet for travellers all over the world and with Send My Bag, shipping to Thailand couldn’t be easier. With a wide range of magnificent landscapes from mountain ranges to sandy beaches and a fascinating culture and history, there is something for everyone in Thailand. For information on our services or to find out more information on shipping luggage to Thailand, see our resources below:
Why Ship to Thailand?
If you are planning to experience the outdoors or take in a few rounds of golf you may want to take your own equipment with you. This can be an expensive choice given that the airlines charge extortionate fees for excess baggage, but Send My Bag can help with our cheap shipping to Thailand.
Our carrier service can pick up your heavy and bulky luggage from your home and deliver it anywhere in Thailand quickly and securely, and at a reasonable price. This is especially helpful if you have multiple transfers during your journey. It takes the worry and hassle out of transporting your own luggage, hiring additional vehicles to carry your items or carting heavy bags through multiple airports and checkpoints.
Our service is great for backpackers and tourists alike, but is also handy for students relocating to or from the country to expand their skills.
Ways of Shipping to Thailand
When travelling or moving to Thailand, you should research the range of options available for shipping to Thailand, as not all options will be practical for you in your particular circumstances. You can choose between a number of different options for international shipping to Thailand. Here are some of the options below.
Send Luggage to Thailand
You can send your luggage and boxes to Thailand with Send My Bag. Whether you are going on holiday or relocating to Thailand, sending your bags can save you a lot of hassle when it comes to negotiating public transport. It also means that you can have with you many more of your personal belongings than if you brought them with you on board a plane. Send My Bag has many international routes, with a great-value flat rate for each route up to a massive 30 kg. This means that you can bring your favourite clothes, books, DVDs, etc. to quickly help you set up home abroad. To find out more about sending baggage to Thailand, visit our 'How it works' page, or check out our Knowledge Base.
send golf clubs to thailand
You can send golf clubs to Thailand with Send My Bag. This means you can avoid any oversized or overweight baggage fees that airlines might charge. By shipping your golf bag to Thailand, you can enjoy all the fantastic golf courses that Thailand has to offer, such as Black Mountain Golf Club, The Legacy Golf Club and Ayodhya Links. You won't have to borrow golf clubs but can use your own instead, allowing you to properly enjoy each round of golf. Before you send your golf clubs to Thailand, make your find out how best to package your items by visiting our information page on sending golf clubs.
Removals to Thailand
If you are moving to Thailand, whether for business or for pleasure, there will be many possessions that you need to take with you. Although you may have a clear out and manage to bin or donate a few items, there will still be many items that you simply cannot part with, and many that will be essential for your wellbeing when relocating abroad. You will, therefore, need to consider international removals to Thailand. Before you hand your items over to the movers, you should make sure that everything is well packaged and that you are not handing over anything that is too fragile and that could get damaged in transit. Use appropriate containers for your items and seal all packages well. Also, make sure you don’t accidentally pack anything for international removal that you will need in the short term or during your journey.
student shipping to thailand
Thailand has a number of good universities, including Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University and Chiang Mai University. If you are travelling to Thailand to study you can send your possessions with Send My Bag to help you sent up home in your student accommodation. Check out our student removals page to learn more and to find out how to get 10% student discount.
Sending a parcel to Thailand
Once you have arrived in Thailand, you may find that you have left something behind at home. In this case, you could ask a family member to send a package to Thailand for you. You can also stay in contact with people at home by sending and receiving Christmas or birthday presents. If your loved one has moved abroad to Thailand, you may wish to send them a care package to help them settle in and to remind them of home. This is a great idea for students spending a year abroad in Thailand or for expats who have gone to live in Thailand. Send My Bag can send parcels internationally to Thailand for you. Just make sure your parcel is packaged properly so that everything arrives safe and sound. Have a look at our 'FAQs' to find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.
As well as sending baggage, luggage and parcels to Thailand, you could also consider the following means of sending items internationally, if you decide to migrate there:
Air Freight to Thailand
It is possible to use air freight to transport items to Thailand. Air freight might travel on passenger planes or on specific air cargo planes. You may choose this option if you have large items to transport, such as a dining table or armchair. You will be charged for this service based on the weight and size of your shipment. Sending items by air freight generally takes one to two days and is faster than sea freight shipping, but usually more expensive. So, if time is of the essence, this option may be for you. You will, however, need to use the services of a customs agent to clear your items through customs for you. You will also need to arrange transport for your items to and from the airport. Therefore, you need to take into account several costs when assessing the viability of this option for you. If you send internationally by air freight to Thailand your items would likely arrive at one of the major airports, such as Bangkok, Chiang-Mai, Hat Mai or Phuket.
Sea Freight and Container shipping to Thailand
Shipping your possessions to Thailand by sea rather than air freight is an option for sending large items that you don’t need access to immediately. Choosing sea freight can work out cheaper than paying for air freight. Sea freight usually means shipping items in containers. With container shipping your items are transported within a large container (usually the size of a truck) on board a cargo ship. You might choose this option if you have sizeable items to transport internationally, such as a sofa or a bed – items that will help you set up home quickly in Thailand. As with air freight, you will need to use the services of a customs agent to clear your items through customs. You will also need to sort out transport for your items to and from the relevant ports. It is, therefore, easy to see how costs can rapidly mount up when choosing sea freight.
When using container shipping to Thailand your items will likely arrive by ship at one of Thailand’s big ports, such as KlongToey or Laem Chabang – the main port for container ships. Container shipping internationally to Thailand from somewhere like the UK would normally take around 16 to 21 days. If shipping by container you will need to choose which size of container best fits your needs. For a 40ft container travelling to Thailand from the UK you would normally expect to pay in the region of £4000.
Shipping Goods to Thailand
When shipping goods to Thailand you need to do your research to make sure that you abide by the country’s customs rules. You will need to be aware of any duty that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to Thailand, which items have restrictions attached, and which are entirely prohibited. You should have a look at the section below on ‘What can I send to Thailand? What items are restricted?’ As you will see below, items that you are not allowed to ship to Thailand include: tobacco, religious artefacts, perishable food items and loose batteries.
Important Thailand Customs Information
Thai Customs will only permit either Thai Nationals who are returning to Thailand after more than 12 months abroad, or non-nationals who have been issued with a 12 month non-resident work visa or non-resident ID Card to receive some exemptions from paying duty and taxes.
Duty exemption is not currently available to individuals visiting the country temporarily such as on holiday or a short business trip, therefore we would advise contacting the relevant customs authorities in Thailand before shipping so that you are aware of the amount of duty and taxes which may be applicable.
In order to clear shipments, Non-Thai nationals may be required to physically supply their passport showing their entry stamp in Thailand and non-resident work visa or ID Card if held, to the local couriers office when shipping Personal Effects (if unable to travel to our partners office, they can arrange for a courier to collect the passport from you).
Thai nationals sending to Thailand will need to provide proof that they have been outside of the country for 12 months.
Personal and Household effects must be imported no earlier than one month prior to the importer’s arrival and not later than six months after their arrival.
In addition to any duty and taxes applied, additional charges of around 1500THB may be applied for customs processing, and storage charges may be applied should documentation requested for clearance not be provided immediately.
General Customs Information
When shipping to Thailand you need to be aware of the country’s customs processes and allowances. Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.
Personal effects are normally considered to be used items that have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes.
If you are sending Christmas gifts to Thailand please make sure you are aware of potential customs duties, that you follow official advice and that you attach all necessary documentation.
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and as such we advise all travellers to take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of Thailand.
Once you have booked to send your baggage to Thailand you will be taken to the customer area of our website. This is where you will be able to complete your packing list, print out two copies and attach them to your luggage. The packing list is a brief statement of the items to be found in your baggage or parcel, intended to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects. The list should be created in the format: "5 x CD, 2 x Silk Blouse, 3 x Cotton Shirt", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Items".
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 10 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
In addition to the packing list, many countries need a personal effects document to be filled out. This confirms that your items have been in your possession for a length of time and are not intended to be sold on. If you send high value items, products intended for resale or prohibited or restricted items, your luggage may experience delays and customs charges.
In addition to these requirements, Send My Bag also prohibits the sending of items including aerosols, liquids, tobacco, money, weapons and other restricted or illegal products. More information can be found in our prohibited items sections further down this page. If you are unsure about any of the items you wish to send to Thailand our team of experts can advise you.
More information is available on our customs information page.
What can I send to Thailand? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a holiday suitcase, for security and customs reasons however certain items are prohibited, please find these listed below.
A maximum of 1 lithium battery is permitted per shipment (excludes to / from Australia) when it is contained within a working personal electronic device such as a mobile phone. Review our battery policy.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
- No more than 1 device containing a battery in line with our battery policy;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
In addition to the above when sending to Thailand we prohibit the sending of:
- Animal Products.
- Banderols/Tax Stickers.
- Coal & Firewood.
- Gambling Devices.
- Human Remains.
- Imitation Items.
- Military Equipment.
- Playing Cards.
- Precious Metals & Stones.
- Toy Guns.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Mobile Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
Major cities popular with tourists include Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling capital, the historic city of Ayutthaya and the gateway to the Golden Triangle at Chiang Rai. Each city offers something different for the traveler, from mountain trekking to lively nightlife and a chance to experience the diverse culture and history of this magnificent country.
Thailand’s climate is tropical and is hot and humid throughout most of the year, averaging between 28 and 35°C, making it a great destination for sun seekers. The official language of Thailand is Thai and, although English is a mandatory school subject, the number of fluent speakers is very low especially outside of the cities and main tourist areas.
The food alone is a perfect reason to visit Thailand and the wide range of curries, stir fries and fresh fish dishes is truly staggering. Food is relatively cheap and buying food from stalls and sidewalk restaurants is quite safe unlike other Asian countries. Strong flavours dominate much of Thailand’s cuisine, especially spices and fresh herbs. Rice and noodles are staples of Thai food so expect at least one of these with your dishes.
With a wide range of activities to experience in Thailand it is easy to see why it is so popular with tourists. Historical and cultural attractions are high up on many people’s lists, but for those who want to relax, the beaches are among some of the best in the world hence why we see more and more removals to Thailand.
For outdoor lovers, Thailand offers almost any outdoor sport including scuba diving, rock climbing, mountain treks and boat tours, all at very reasonable prices. Golf is also becoming a popular pastime among tourists with many of the newer golf courses designed by top names such as Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo.
Popular with adventurous backpackers and sun seekers alike alongside the increase in people moving to Thailand, it offers something for everyone.